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McKendree Rooftop Garden

Our garden grows in beds and planters on the roof of our building in downtown Nashville.  We started this project in 2012 and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, transformed a barren concrete rooftop into a flourishing garden and outdoor classroom for young children.  Primarily, we grow vegetables and herbs which are used in our church’s weekly community meals for Nashville’s displaced and homeless.  Each week we serve lunch to about 75 folks.  Additionally, the six men who live in our homeless shelter, the Foundry, use the food to supplement their meals.  Our church building houses a high quality day care center and the children and their teachers are chiefly responsible for tending to and harvesting the garden.  When the harvest is plentiful, we also enjoy the organic vegetables for the children’s snack times.  In addition to the planters, we have installed rain barrels and a worm composting bin.   We also collaborated with a local artist who created a striking mural (painted by community volunteers) that overlooks the garden.   Throughout this project, the children have taken an active role in learning about and being involved with nature; sustainability; and caring for others.

Where it's at:

520 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Garden type:

shelter garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

homeless people and children

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What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
watering hose

Project leaders:

Cindy Lea
Heather Marshall

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606